Review shows area government officials’ spending

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County Manager Lance Pyle has spent more than $1,700 dining at local restaurants, while Portales City Manager Debi Lee’s travels make up the bulk of $6,178 in expenses she racked up in the past 11 months. A Freedom New Mexico review of six area government leaders showed their [...]

Interim city manager named

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The Portales City Council appointed Public Works Director Tom Howell as interim city manager in a regular meeting of the council. At City Hall on Tuesday night, after a closed meeting to discuss replacing outgoing manager Debi Lee, the six council members present unanimously approved Howell to take Lee’s [...]

Lee to accept Ruidoso position

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Ruidoso Village Council has approved a contract to hire Portales City Manager Debi Lee, who said she will take the job. The Ruidoso Village Council unanimously approved the contract Tuesday, said Barbara Fleming, deputy village manager. According to the contract, she said, Lee’s salary is $95,000 a year [...]

City manager has long-standing career in public service

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Debi Lee has more than 25 years as a city manager, the last five in Portales. And despite long hours and sometimes heavy stress — she enjoys what she does. Lee originally wanted to be a physical education teacher. But she has built a career of public service and [...]

Options for transit routes being mulled

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter City, college and Portales Area Transits Service officials are researching the possibility of starting a daily route through Portales. An internal meeting has been planned to explore the possibility of a routed public transport system for residents, Portales City Manager Debi Lee said. “The idea of a weekly routed [...]